To meet the admission requirements for the BEd program, competitive applicants will have volunteered or worked in some capacity in a group setting with children or youth, preferably of the age level you wish to teach.
Typical experiences for applicants include working in school classrooms as a volunteer or assistant, teaching dance, coaching team sports or working as a summer camp counselor. While we recommend classroom experience, it is not absolutely required. If you wish to obtain classroom experiences, you should make use of your personal network to find a placement. Experience in international settings can be valuable, but we also recommend experience in Canadian settings.
A range and variety of experiences is encouraged to better prepare for the program. We are looking for more than 75 hours, and it can be a total of various experiences put together. A substantial number of experience hours is generally favourable for your application, but it is not the only consideration, as admission is competitive. Although we consider all relevant experiences, we strongly recommend current experiences within the last five years.
You must submit the following THREE items to us with your application by way of the Supplemental Application Forms:
Experience working with groups rather than individual children or youth, especially of the ages you intend to teach, is strongly recommended for admission into the BEd program.
In your summary of experience, include details regarding:
Examples of appropriate experience include:
- in-school classroom experience
- teaching at a community centre
- teaching youth groups in other community settings
- camp counseling
- teaching in schools abroad
- working with children of diverse backgrounds is recommended
A 1-page essay of 500-words in concise and grammatically correct English that addresses the topic indicated on the essay form provided with the supplemental application items. The response to the essay topic should be based on your experience(s) with children and/or youth and should present a rationale for the views you express.
Two confidential reference reports, preferably from referees who have observed you working with children or youth of the age level you wish to teach.
They must be submitted to the TEO office either of two ways:
- Referees must use the form provided in the link; no other letter format will be accepted.
- Referees must attest to your suitability for entering a teacher education program.
- Choose TWO references. We strongly encourage you to submit both references from individuals who have observed or supervised you working with children and/or youth.
- Confidential reference reports submitted to the UBC Faculty of Education will not be forwarded to other institutions.